28,000 yr. old Australian Aboriginal rock art erotic sex scene discovered


By LAWRENCE CONWAY

PUBLISHED: 09:34 EST, 18 June 2012 UPDATED: 09:42 EST, 18 June 2012

 

  • Explicit scenes depicted in Australia’s oldest known Aboriginal rock art
  • Series of drawings found on the roof of caves in the inaccessible wilderness in Arnhem Land in the country’s north

 

The boundaries of art and sex have been blurred for some time, be it increasingly explicit content or the familiar practice of male artists starting a relationship with an attractive female muse.

But as these Australian cave paintings, which are said to be up to 28,000 years old, prove its certainly not just a modern thing for an artist to turn his skill to sex and pornography.

The series of drawings found on the roof of caves in the inaccessible wilderness in Arnhem Land in the country’s north a year ago includes what appears to show a man having mounted his female partner.

 
Window on the past: Aboriginal rock art discovered in the Australian outback by archaeologists was made 28,000 years about, shows artistic interests and subjects haven't changed that much over the years

Window on the past: Aboriginal rock art discovered in the Australian outback by archaeologists was made 28,000 years about, shows artistic interests and subjects haven’t changed that much over the years

A second section of the wide ranging art work in white and red shows a second figure engaged in some kind of sexual activity.  

Archeologist Bryce Barker, a professor at the University of Southern Queensland, said the find ranked among rock art sites such as France’s Chauvet caves dated at older than 30,000 years and caves in northern Spain now thought to be 40,000 years old.

 

He said: ‘One of the things that makes this little fragment of art unique is that it is drawn in charcoal… which means we could directly date it. The fact remains that any rock art that is older than 20,000 years is very unique around the world.

 
Dramatic find: Bryce Barker from the University of Southern Queensland investigating the Aboriginal rock art in a cave in the Australian outback which features erotic drawings

Dramatic find: Bryce Barker from the University of Southern Queensland investigating the Aboriginal rock art in a cave in the Australian outback which features erotic drawings

‘It is amongst some of the oldest art in the world. And we’re convinced that we’ll find older and the reason is that the site this comes from, we know that Aboriginal people started using this site 45,000 years ago.’

The find was made at a massive rock shelter named Narwala Gabarnmang, which is covered on its ceiling and pillars with rock art, and only accessible by a 90 minute helicopter journey from the outback town of Katherine.

Archaeologists were first taken to the site five years ago by its Aboriginal custodians, the Jawoyn, who wanted to preserve the art and at the same time unlock some of the secrets of its history.

 
Fragment: A piece Aboriginal rock art on granite in a plastic bag that was tested and found to have been made 28,000 years ago, making it the oldest in Australia and among the oldest in the world

Fragment: A piece Aboriginal rock art on granite in a plastic bag that was tested and found to have been made 28,000 years ago, making it the oldest in Australia and among the oldest in the world

Mr Barker said: ‘We’ve only excavated a tiny fraction of the site and we expect there will be art older than 28,000 years in the site.’

He added that the fragment, which likely fell from the rock’s ceiling shortly after it was drawn and therefore preserved in the soil, could have been part of a human figure drawn in action, such as throwing a spear.

Aboriginal rock art is dotted throughout the vast nation, much of it undocumented, and some have speculated that the images could date back 45,000 years.


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